It’s a real fam­ily af­fair

Lancashire Life - - AWARDS -

An ex­cit­ing new awards cer­e­mony which cel­e­brates Lan­cashire fam­ily busi­nesses is to be held in the county for the first time next year.

The Lan­cashire Fam­ily Busi­ness Awards, sup­ported by Lan­cashire Life, will take place at the Mer­cure Black­burn Dunken­halgh Ho­tel, Ac­cring­ton on Septem­ber 20 2019.

Fam­ily busi­nesses from a wide range of sec­tors will be able to en­ter when ap­pli­ca­tions open in April next year.

The awards have been es­tab­lished by the cre­ators of the na­tion­ally trend­ing Cum­bria Fam­ily Busi­ness Awards – Janett Walker and Sophia New­ton of PR and Events com­pany Flock, and Sue Howorth founder of The Fam­ily Busi­ness Net­work Ltd.

The three Win­der­mere based busi­ness­women spoke about why they chose Lan­cashire as the next county to ben­e­fit from this successful awards pro­gramme

Janett said: ‘Each year we’ve had Lan­cashire busi­nesses ask­ing if they could en­ter the Cum­brian awards so it was clear there was an ap­petite for it. We’ve just been wait­ing for the right time, me­dia part­ner and venue and we are

de­lighted to have found them all.’

Sue, who re­cently ex­panded The Fam­ily Busi­ness Net­work into Lan­cashire added: ‘Fam­ily busi­nesses con­trib­ute so much to the North West and with the net­work now hav­ing a pres­ence there it’s al­ready ap­par­ent there is a real sense of pride among lo­cal fam­ily busi­nesses. The awards are an in­cred­i­ble way to cel­e­brate the achieve­ments of fam­ily busi­nesses.’

Sophia added: ‘Lan­cashire has real her­itage and is home to fam­ily busi­nesses both large and small, in­clud­ing many well-known long-es­tab­lished busi­nesses and younger fam­ily firms too. They will all be wel­come to ap­ply – young or old, large or small…we love them all! We pride our­selves on do­ing things un­con­ven­tion­ally, we can’t wait for peo­ple to see what we have in store for the bril­liant fam­ily busi­nesses of Lan­cashire.’

The successful awards for­mat is now in its third year in Cum­bria and has been praised not only for the warm and mag­i­cal cer­e­mony, its na­tion­ally trend­ing so­cial me­dia cam­paigns and strong press cov­er­age it­self but also for putting regional fam­ily busi­nesses on a na­tional stage. This is thanks to the founders’ links with Fam­ily Busi­ness United whereby win­ners of the regional fam­ily busi­ness awards au­to­mat­i­cally be­come fi­nal­ists in the na­tional Fam­ily Busi­ness of the Year Awards, tak­ing place at The Mayfair in London. So far, there have been eleven Cum­brian na­tional win­ners, and the hope is for sim­i­lar suc­cesses from Lan­cashire.

The Cum­brian events have been hosted by the Hairy Bik­ers, but the or­gan­is­ers are look­ing to Lan­cashire for in­spi­ra­tion for their celebrity pre­sen­ters for the Lan­cashire Fam­ily Busi­ness Awards 2019.

The host, expert panel of judges and cat­e­gories will be an­nounced in the com­ing months. Those look­ing for more in­for­ma­tion in the mean­time should con­tact [email protected] lan­cashire­fam­ily­busi­nes­sawards. co.uk #LFBA2019

As me­dia part­ners, Lan­cashire Life will be keep­ing you up to date with all the lat­est news from the awards.

ABOVE: Win­ners at the Cum­bria ver­sion of the awards BE­LOW: Hairy Biker Si King welcomes guests

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